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What does 'shut up heaven' mean?

Submitted: 9/27/2008
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Question: In 2 Chronicles 7:13 God says, 'I will shut up heaven and there is no rain,' Does shutting up heaven mean just that he is not going to let it rain? Or did he mean he won't hear them when they asking for it to rain during the drought?

Answer: If God says He will not let it rain for a certain period of time, it won't matter how much people pray, it isn't going to rain. So in this sense, to shut up heaven means specifically that it isn't going to rain, but it implies that God will not pay any attention to any prayers asking Him for rain.